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How to prepare

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by Stingray93, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Stingray93


    Mar 14, 2009
    Dear Justin,

    I am a 16 year bassist from D.C. Im really interested in your work as a studio bassist. Its something that i would love to do if i had the opportunity. When you were growing up, how did you prepare yourself to reach the skill level and musicianship of a top professional? How did you practice? Also, how did you promote yourself as a musician and work your way up in the industry? I've been trying to play in as many groups and styles as i can, and i took up the upright bass recently in hopes of opening up more opportunities.

  2. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    I don't remember doing that much practicing on my own, mostly jamming with others.

    So I guess that's part of the answer.

    As far as promoting myself as a musician, I'd suggest you read through some of these threads on this forum and do some searching. I believe I've touched upon a lot of this answering questions of this nature in the past.

    Let me give you some bullet points, though:

    - Jam with everybody
    - Get a great, broad, deep, current & old record collection together. Listen to EVERYTHING.
    - Play for free.
    - Learn how to record sooner than later.
    - Play other instruments
    - Be a positive person

  3. Stingray93


    Mar 14, 2009
    nice. thanks!
  4. Hey Justin, Rahul from India here...Thanx for directing me to this forum...It's very helpful...
    i check it nearly every day.

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